The iPhone 5, announced on September 12th, has already sold over 2 million pre-orders and will officially launch tomorrow, September 21st. Samsung evidently doesn’t enjoy Apple’s business and already has plans to add the iPhone 5 to a list of pre-existing patent lawsuits in the United States.
These two competitors are battling it out in 10 countries at the moment as they hope to attain the top-selling position on the leaderboard. The iPhone 5 patent lawsuit would be over existing patents filed against past iOS devices: (via Reuters)
“Samsung anticipates that it will file, in the near future, a motion to amend its infringement contentions to add the iPhone 5 as an accused product,” the company said in a U.S. court filing.
“Based on information currently available, Samsung expects that the iPhone 5 will infringe the asserted Samsung patents-in-suit in the same way as the other accused iPhone models.”
Samsung said that Apple has taken countless measures to form legal suits against many of their flagship devices, so they need to protect themselves with a counter-lawsuit:
“Under these circumstances, we have little choice but to take the steps necessary to protect our innovations and intellectual property rights.”
Apple recently beat out Samsung in a legal-battle this past August. Now Samsung aims revenge by attempting to ban iPhone 5 imports. A past statement mentioned an LTE-related lawsuit over the iPhone 5, but we’ll have to see if Samsung goes through with those plans.